The owner-operator population increased 6.2 percent last year in the wake of the recession, and the trend should continue in 2013, according to Overdrive-sponsored research.
In the two years since CSA's advent, the smallest carriers have had a much greater chance of getting inspected and put out of service than drivers and trucks of the largest carriers.
"To be super safe perhaps we should all park our vehicles when the first snowflake falls." --owner-operator Glenn Gilbert
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued recommendations on Global Positioning Systems and will require entry-level CDL holders receive training on use.
Martin Daum said during in an address to the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association that trucks getting 10 mpg "will definitely come during our professional lifetimes."
In economic barometers for the trucking industry released in the past week, trucking employment continued its years-long gains and Class 8 orders surged.
Federal rules pertaining to broker surety filings are in flux following congressional action last year that raised the minimum bond from $10,000 to $75,000. Still, basic procedures for filing are expected to remain.
Average owner-operators miles have dropped 21 percent over 10 years, according to ATBS. With data showing a concurrent income increase, it's clear operators have seen some improvement over the decade.
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